Bucks for Charity – Leadership Baby Photo Matching Game, Halloween Costume Social and Raffles, Oh My!

The 2018 Bucks for Charity Campaign is in full swing! Our college is making a big difference in our central Ohio community by making meaningful donations to local charities.  To date we have raised $9,552 with 6.33 percent participation. Our goal is $23,703.68 with 13 percent participation. With your help, we can reach our goal by Nov. 2!

Thank you to our latest raffle prize winners!

  •  Cheryl Buck, Extension Admin
  • Larry Heckendorn, SENR
  • Dennis Hull, FABE
  • Karen Mancl, FABE
  • Kathy Yoder, ATI

Choose from one or more of the nearly 250 local organizations that need our help, and make your pledge today!

You can get involved with Bucks for Charity and enter to win prizes through the following activities:

CFAES Leadership Picture Match Game
Make your ePledge donation and submit your matches to Brandi Gilbert-Hammett or Alan James by Oct. 22 to win one of 5 awesome prizes.

CFAES Leadership Baby Picture Match Game

CFAES Bucks for Charity Halloween Costume Social Hour
Join the CFAES Bucks for Charity Coordinators for an afternoon of Halloween Fun and Treats!  Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1:30 to 3 p.m., stop by the Agricultural Administration Building Auditorium for a fun Halloween Costume Party.  For a small suggested donation of $5, join us for an afternoon break filled with sweet treats and Halloween fun. Participants will be entered to win one of 10 great prizes. Wear your best (work appropriate) costume for an additional entry for raffle prizes.  More details to follow!

Go Bucks and Go Bucks for Charity!

CFAES Bucks for Charity – Every Buck Counts

Bucks for Charity is one way we can make our community stronger. Simply give to the organization of your choice – conveniently one-time or through payroll deduction. Choose a cause and local organization that’s important to you and, together, our donations will strengthen our community. When each of us gives a little, it adds up to be a lot – every Buck counts!

Thank you to those who have made pledges and continue to participate in the First 100 e-Pledge participant raffle.  We have raffled off 5 prizes to date.

Raffle winners Sara Fries and Greg Davis

Congratulations to our winners! CFAES contributions to date have totaled $7,762.

There are still 5 prizes to raffle off to the First 100 participants.  Click here to learn more and make a pledge today.

Go Bucks and Go Bucks for Charity!

CFAES Welcomes Lynette Arner

Lynette Arner has accepted the position of executive assistant to the vice president and dean. She joined CFAES on October 1.

Lynette comes to CFAES from the College of Wooster where she was the executive assistant to the president. In that position, she served as the president’s right-hand person by supporting the president in the day-to-day operations of the college’s six divisions and its varying constituencies. She coordinated all aspects of the president’s travel schedule along with logistics and appointments; collaborated with the advancement team on donor visits, presidential travel, and donor contact; and created reports and correspondence on behalf of the president. Prior to that she served as an administrative assistant to the dean of student’s office where she planned, executed, and supported various events and programming for the campus student body and assisted with the campus’ judicial board in setting up hearings, writing correspondence, and scheduling meetings. Lynette is completing her bachelor’s degree and will graduate in May from Malone University.

Lynette’s contact information is: arner.14@osu.edu and 614-292-6164.

CFAES Welcomes Leo Taylor

The CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that Dr. Leo Taylor is working with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in CFAES. Dr. Taylor has a 50 percent appointment in the office and a 50 percent appointment as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology.

Leo will be spear heading getting a Cultivating Change chapter started on our campus and providing professional development to faculty, staff, and students on the Columbus and Wooster Campuses. He started mid-September and has already connected to graduate students. He is collaborating with two OSU graduate students to form a peer-led support group for CFAES graduate students struggling with mental health issues. This group will begin meeting in October 2018.  Stay tuned for more on events and activities led by Dr. Taylor.

Dr. Leo Taylor is an entomologist whose research interest is the behavioral ecology of insects and spiders. He was born and raised in Muncie, IN and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology (’98) and master’s degree in biology (‘05) from Ball State University. In 2015, he received his PhD in entomology from Cornell University where he researched native lady beetle decline. After graduating from Cornell Leo taught biology courses at Ithaca College and held the position of Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Leo is passionate about equity and inclusion in academia, particularly issues facing women and LGBTQ individuals, people living with HIV and those struggling with the stigma associated with mental illness. His work with the transgender community includes founding and facilitating several peer-led support groups, serving as an advisor to the Cornell administration in their efforts to improve the experience of transgender students, and contributing to the development of the transgender health care program at the Cornell Health Center.


Bucks for Charity

Bucks for Charity is underway! Now through Nov. 2nd, you can give to your favorite charity – conveniently via a one-time contribution or through payroll deduction.

Bucks for Charity is one way all of us in CFAES can come together to make our community stronger.  Our goal this year is to have 13 percent of our faculty and staff donate to raise $23,703.68. Last year, 13 percent of our faculty and staff participated and we raised $22,792.

There are nearly 250 central Ohio organizations participating in Bucks for Charity that need our help. Choose a cause that’s important to you, such as food security, health services, animal welfare, education, advocacy programs and more.

To kick-off our campaign we are raffling off ten (yes, 10!) prizes to the first 100 e-Pledge participants.  This is an opportunity to enter to win individual prizes. Spread the word and encourage your colleagues to participate.  (A little secret…there will be a prize for the highest team participation.)

Every Buck counts! Donations at any amount can make a difference and, when each of us gives a little, it adds up to be a lot.  Pledge and learn more at https://hr.osu.edu/bucks-for-charity/.

Go Bucks and Go Bucks for Charity!

Fall 2018 Career Closet

The Career Development Office in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will be hosting the Fall 2018 Career Closet on Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

This event helps students find professional attire needed for opportunities, such as career fairs, interviews, internships and career employment. Please consider donating your gently used professional clothing, shoes and accessories to the CFAES Career Closet. Donations will be accepted through Sept. 12 and can be placed in the collection bin outside the Agricultural Administration Auditorium.

Contact Mary McLaughlin (mclauglin.154@osu.edu) with any questions you have regarding Career Closet.

CFAES Leadership Updates

Steve Neal

Steven Neal, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, has accepted the appointment of Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs.

Steve has served as interim Associate Dean since October 2017 and Assistant Dean since 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Agricultural Technical Institute, where he supervised master scheduling, registration, financial aid, and academic discipline. He was responsible for implementation of the new curriculum as the university transitioned to the semester system.

Steve received his B.S. in Animal Science in 1982, and an M.S. in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics in 1984, both from CFAES. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987, also in Animal Science, Quantitative Genetics.

Larry Madden

Larry Madden has agreed to continue serving as interim chair for the Department of Plant Pathology as we continue the search for a permanent chair.

Larry is an international authority in plant disease epidemiology. He was hired at OSU in 1980, and was appointed the endowed professor of plant protection in 2008. He has served as interim or acting chair of the department three different times.

Larry has published over 240 scientific journal articles and two books. He is a former president of the American Phytopathological Society (APS), the largest professional organization of plant pathologists in the world. He has received many honors, including the Ruth Allen Award from APS, and the Jakob Eriksson Gold Medal from the International Society of Plant Pathology. He is an elected fellow of two scientific societies.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology/Botany from Penn State University and his master’s and Ph.D. in plant pathology also from Penn State University.


CFAES Leadership Update

Kathy Lechman is being promoted to Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion effective Sept. 1.

Kathy Lechman

Coming from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Kathy started her career with Ohio State University Extension in 2001. As leader, Diversity Development for OSU Extension, she developed and implemented Civil Rights Compliance Processes and provided professional development for faculty and staff.

In 2015, she was named director, Equity and Inclusion for the college where serves in a college-wide leadership role focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion and coordinates initiatives and programs that address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the college. This includes enhancing work climate, recruitment, and retention of faculty, staff, and students. She also has built partnerships with multiple units across the university focused on establishing best practices related to recruitment and retention.

Since taking on the role, Kathy has been asked to take on two temporary assignments. The first was the interim associate director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise where she lead a review of research projects connected to the Center and addressed staff transitions.

Most recently, she was asked to serve as interim executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity where she is responsible for ensuring that research projects and grants and contracts continue as well as overseeing the work of 20 staff members. While in this role, she built a $1.3 million budget, audited all staff positions, and is addressing staff morale.

Kathy is a proud graduate of the Cleveland Public Schools. She has a bachelor’s from the College of Wooster, a master’s in Conflict Resolution from the McGregor School of Antioch University, and a PhD from the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Workforce Development program.

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation Request for Testimony

The Office of Educator Preparation at The Ohio State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on Dec. 2-4, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments. Programs are in the colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Social Work, and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: mailto:callforcomments@caepnet.org

Such comments must be submitted by Oct. 21, 2018, and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence:

  • Educator preparation programs provide evidence teacher candidates know the subject matter, connect theory to practice, and positively impact P-12 student learning.
  • A professional education provider is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

CFAES Facility Updates

This is truly an exciting time for CFAES capital improvement projects.  We have reached significant milestones on several priority projects, and the next round of capital priorities was recently approved by The Ohio State Board of Trustees.  Please see the attached summary of CFAES milestones and updates.

  • New Lab Building
  • Wooster Farm Operations
  • ATI Beef Facility
  • Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building
  • Summary of Other Active Priority Projects
  • OSU Board of Trustees Approval

Facility Updates, August 2018

Leadership Update

Dr. Jeff LeJeune, professor and FAHRP program head, has accepted a new position with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, and will be leaving Ohio State in early September. Jeff has been a member of the Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM) faculty for over 17 years, building a highly successful research program and serving as food safety Extension specialist within the FAHRP group based on the CFAES Wooster campus. He has served as FAHRP program head for the past five years.

Jeff views the new position as an important career opportunity and the next step in his career progression. His intention is to continue to maintain a relationship with Ohio State and use this as an opportunity to help us identify new international collaborations and opportunities.

Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara, VPM professor, has agreed to serve as interim FAHRP program head while plans are made for Jeff’s permanent replacement. Gireesh has previously served as acting FAHRP program head, and his experience should ensure a smooth transition in FAHRP leadership.

Flowering Plant with the Largest Unbranched Inflorescence is Blooming

The Biological Sciences Greenhouse has reported that an Amorphophallus titanium is blooming! This plant, which is also known as a titan arum or corpse flower, is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world, and it rarely blooms.

Usually, public viewings are scheduled, but construction is preventing access to the site. However, you can view a live feed, Watch Titan Arum Bloom. This might be a blessing in disguise because the bloom has a very putrid smell—hence, corpse flower.

CFAES Leadership Announcements

Gary Pierzynski
Gary Pierzynski joined CFAES today as the associate dean for research and graduate education. Dean Kress announced Gary’s appointment on March 30, 2018. Gary comes to us from Kansas State University where he is a University Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Agronomy. He is president-elect of the American Society of Agronomy and previously served as president of the Soil Science Society of America. He serves on the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

As associate dean for research and graduate education, Gary is the principal administrative officer of the CFAES research enterprise and will drive the future strategy for enhancing and expanding research and graduate education within the college, as well supporting undergraduate research.

Lori Bowman
Lori Bowman has accepted the position of special assistant to the vice president and dean. She will join CFAES on July 23. Lori comes to CFAES from The Ohio State University Graduate School where she serves as a human resources/fiscal officer. In this position, Lori is responsible for developing and overseeing a $28 million budget, managing all personnel activity, interpreting university policies and procedures, maintaining the business continuity plan, and contributing to university-wide projects like Workday. Prior to that, she was a human resources/financial manager for CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering as well as a financial aid counselor at Tiffin University. Lori received a master’s degree from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from CFAES.

As special assistant, Lori serves as a senior staff member planning and coordinating administrative, financial, and operational activities for the vice president and dean’s office. She will organize and prioritize critical issues and required information for the executive team to facilitate efficient decision making; manage college policy, standard operating procedures and guideline development; oversee administrative searches and appointments for college leadership positions;  and oversee administrative staff. She also will serve as a liaison to university offices; plan and coordinate cabinet, chair and leadership meetings; and manage and lead college-wide projects and initiatives.

Open Faculty Position – AEDE

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at The Ohio State University seeks an associate or full professor with teaching, research, and outreach/extension responsibilities in agricultural economics and policy.  Applicants should have teaching and research interests related to U.S. and other countries’ agricultural policies, and the ability to explain the impacts of these policies to local, state, national and international audiences.

The appointee will have an academic year (9 month) appointment with competitive salary and benefits package and is expected to develop and maintain a world-class research program in their field of inquiry, and teach the equivalent of two to three classes in our undergraduate, masters, and/or PhD programs.  The appointee is also expected to develop a visible outreach/extension program focused on explaining the impacts of agricultural policies to local, state, national, and international audiences.

Applicants must possess a PhD in agricultural economics, applied economics, economics, or related field and have an academic record sufficient to obtain tenure in AEDE.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received before August 15, 2018, will receive priority consideration. Complete applications include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names of three references.

Applications materials should be submitted to the Agricultural Economics Search Committee Co-Chairs at AEDE-Search@osu.edu. Questions about the position can be directed to either Brian Roe (roe.30@osu.edu/ 614-688-5777) or Ian Sheldon (sheldon.1@osu.edu/ 614-292-2194).